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Senior Clinical Fellow in Palliative Medicine

Employer
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Norwich
Salary
£50,017 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Dec 2022

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Sector
Hospital, Palliative medicine
Career Level
Fellow
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Hours
Full Time
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How would you like to make a difference?

Would you like to join a team that makes a real difference every day and at the same time expand your knowledge and experience of palliative care? If so, then we would really love to hear from you.

We are currently looking for a doctor to join our team as a Senior Clinical Fellow. This post is full time with a non resident on call commitment of 1 in 5 commencing in January 2023 for a fixed term of 12 months. You will be based at Priscilla Bacon Lodge, a few miles from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. This is a 16-20 bed Consultant-led specialist palliative care unit. This post will offer you a wealth of experience working within a multi-disciplinary team and training in all aspects of palliative medicine.

You will be well supported by our senior clinical team and able to partake in a wide range of training opportunities. You will be working alongside the Consultants on ward rounds and over time would be able to see patients in clinics or in the community if desired. We offer weekly journal club and case reflections sessions as well as regular educational sessions.

Main duties of the job

Priscilla Bacon Lodge (PBL) is a 16- 20 bed NHS specialist palliative care unit which opened in 1979. The unit, which has recently been refurbished to a high standard, shares the Colman Hospital site with the Specialist Neurological Rehabilitation Service.

The in-patient team consists of medical and nursing staff, therapists, social workers, chaplain and volunteers. In recent years, there has been a move to a greater emphasis on symptom control and rehabilitation. Approximately 5 -10% of the workload is in the care of patients with non-malignant conditions.

Doctors from the Norwich GP and core medical training schemes spend three-four months at a time at PBL. In addition to this, we train doctors on the Eastern Region Palliative Medicine Specialist Registrar Training Scheme as well as Specialist Registrars on secondment from other specialties. The consultants share the role of educational supervisor.

The on call rota for the unit is two tier with the first on call being provided by our Specialty Registrars and Trust Specialty doctors and Consultants providing second on call support.

About us

THE SPECIALTY

Within the central Norfolk area, services are provided by The Priscilla Bacon Centre for Specialist Palliative Care Services (working within the community, inpatient and day unit settings) and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust Specialist Palliative Care Team.

The Priscilla Bacon Centre for Specialist Palliative Care Services

Managed by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, specialist palliative care services are provided across the range of settings (inpatient, day unit and community) and an active education programme is in place. Medical staff working within the service are employed by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The appointee will be accountable managerially to the Clinical Director and the Chief Executive and professionally to the trust Medical Director. Within the Department of Palliative Medicine, there are three consultants working at The Priscilla Bacon Centre (Dr Phil Wilkins, Dr Sarah Gough and Dr Dawn Shrimpton). Dr Caroline Barry is the lead Consultant working within the acute hospital setting.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Priscilla Bacon Lodge (PBL) is a 16- 20 bed NHS specialist palliative care unit which opened in 1979. The unit, which has recently been refurbished to a high standard, shares the Colman Hospital site with the Specialist Neurological Rehabilitation Service.

The in-patient team consists of medical and nursing staff, therapists, social workers, chaplain and volunteers. In recent years, there has been a move to a greater emphasis on symptom control and rehabilitation. Approximately 5 -10% of the workload is in the care of patients with non-malignant conditions.

Doctors from the Norwich GP and core medical training schemes spend three-four months at a time at PBL. In addition to this, we train doctors on the Eastern Region Palliative Medicine Specialist Registrar Training Scheme as well as Specialist Registrars on secondment from other specialties. The consultants share the role of educational supervisor.

The on call rota for the unit is two tier with the first on call being provided by our Specialty Registrars and Trust Specialty doctors and Consultants providing second on call support.

Specialist Palliative Care Day Unit

The Rowan Centre, Priscilla Bacon Lodge, Norwich The Rowan Centre is a three-day specialist multidisciplinary day unit offering 50 places a week and a breathlessness service. Patients attend for a variety of therapies and day-case procedures including blood transfusions and bisphosphonate infusions, rehabilitation, relaxation and anxiety management. Day unit patients are discussed at their weekly community multidisciplinary team meeting.

Community Specialist Palliative Care Team

Colman Hospital, Norwich

The community specialist palliative care team is made up of community specialist palliative care nurses and has input from a range of other disciplines (including therapists and chaplain) at their weekly multidisciplinary meeting. Consultants have dedicated sessions to support the team and the medical team provide rapid access to specialist palliative care assessment (either as an Outpatient or Domiciliary Visit) to support colleagues in primary care.

There are daily Consultant Outpatient Clinics and the team are also looking to develop a rapid response service including virtual beds.

Further information in the Advert attachment.

Person Specification
Qualifications
Essential

  • Basic medical qualification MBBS or equivalent.
  • Full GMC Registration with licence to practice.
  • MRCP/ MRCGP

Desirable

  • Diploma in Palliative Medicine

Aptitudes
Essential

  • Good communicator.
  • Good knowledge of, and ability to use, spoken and written English.
  • Capable of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Enthusiasm for service development and teaching.
  • Ability to organize and prioritise workload.

Desirable

  • Prepared to work in shared office space
  • Management skills

Experience
Essential

  • Have at least four years full time post graduate experience with 2 years being in general medicine/other relevant specialty
  • Experience of audit and willingness to participate
  • Interest and experience in teaching both doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Desirable

  • Previous experience of palliative medicine.

BMJ Ref: BMJ-101113/234-MS1847B

 

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